Archive for 'Therapies'

How can we counter the ‘loneliness epidemic’ affecting health?

How can we counter the ‘loneliness epidemic’ affecting health?

The potentially harmful effects of loneliness and social isolation on health and longevity, especially among older adults, are well established. For example, in 2013 I reported on research finding that loneliness can raise levels of stress [...]

Which foods are best for mental well-being? It depends on your age

Which foods are best for mental well-being? It depends on your age

Meat, fruits, and vegetables – studies have suggested that these foods have the potential to boost mood and mental health. But which are best? Well, according to new research, the effects of specific foods on psychological [...]

How to reduce Christmas stress

How to reduce Christmas stress

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but also a time when stress levels soar. We have put together some top tips to stop stress in its tracks and make the season of goodwill more [...]

‘The way we respond to rural suicide is not working’: Centre for Remote and Rural Mental Health

‘The way we respond to rural suicide is not working’: Centre for Remote and Rural Mental Health

THE way we think about and respond to suicide is not working in regional and remote Australia, with a new report showing rural suicide rates are more than 50 per cent higher than in the capital [...]

Mental health plan helps rural areas says Senator

Mental health plan helps rural areas says Senator

A comprehensive health plan to establishes a framework for the health needs of western Queensland will go a long way towards improving the wellbeing of those communities, says LNP Senator Ian Macdonald. Senator Macdonald said the [...]

Depression and mental health apps: How to tell the good from the bad

Depression and mental health apps: How to tell the good from the bad

There are currently more than 10,000 depression and anxiety-related self-help apps available to download, the American Psychiatric Association estimates. But less than 1 per cent have been professionally evaluated.  Cause for concern? Well, yes. But not [...]

Jingle hell: Psychologists warn shops that two months of non-stop Christmas hits could damage staff’s mental health

Jingle hell: Psychologists warn shops that two months of non-stop Christmas hits could damage staff’s mental health

Employees working in stores that repeatedly play Christmas music could be at risk of their mental health deteriorating, experts have warned.  Songs of the season can encourage customers to make impulse purchases by prompting feelings of [...]

These nutrient deficiencies are linked to mental health

These nutrient deficiencies are linked to mental health

New research linking the level of certain nutrients in the body to mental illness could reduce the risk of those who are vulnerable, and improve the outcomes of people already diagnosed with conditions. The study, led by [...]

Psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors: Who to see for your mental health issues

Psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors: Who to see for your mental health issues

Nearly half of us will experience a mental illness at some point in our lives. And all of us will go through periods of stress, sadness, grief and conflict. We’re better able to navigate these periods [...]

When it comes to mental health, a problem shared can be a problem doubled

When it comes to mental health, a problem shared can be a problem doubled

People discuss their problems with friends in the hope that they’ll gain some insight into how to solve them. And even if they don’t find a way to solve their problems, it feels good to let [...]